Local and state briefs for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Local and state briefs for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

The Westerly Sun

Route 1 reopened after wires downed

STONINGTON — A portion of Route 1 in the area of Greenhaven Road was closed Tuesday evening as a result of downed utility lines.

Police received a report of wires down at about 5:30 p.m., but the cause was unclear and a police dispatcher was unable to provide details Tuesday.

A crew from Connecticut Light & Power repaired the damage.

Save the Bay hosting story hour

WESTERLY — Save the Bay, South Coast Center, 8 Broad St., will hold a story hour on Saturdays, beginning Nov. 16 at 11 a.m.

The hour will feature a bay-related story and craft. Children will also be allowed to explore the center’s aquarium and interactive touch tank.

For more information, email mbrown@savebay.org or call 401-315-2709.

Knights of Columbus holding breakfast at senior center

WESTERLY — The Knights of Columbus will hold a fundraiser breakfast at the Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St., on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 7 to 11 a.m.

The menu will be sausage omelet or corned beef hash omelet with home fries and toast, or a choice of either regular or blueberry pancakes with sausage.

All breakfast choices include juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

Takeout will be available. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children.

Judge to rule on Landmark sale to for-profit chain

PROVIDENCE (AP) — A state judge is poised to rule on a request to finalize the sale of financially troubled Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket to a for-profit California hospital chain.

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein is expected to issue a ruling today on a petition that seeks to close the sale of Landmark to Prime Healthcare Services. The state attorney general’s office and health department have signed off on the deal, as required.

Landmark has been in receivership since 2008, and previous purchase agreements have fallen through.

A Landmark spokesman said the parties want to close no later than Dec. 31, but prefer to do so by Nov. 30.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island has filed a limited objection related to $3 million it claims it’s owed as a creditor.

R.I. House speaker marries longtime partner

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox has married his longtime partner in a private ceremony in his Statehouse office.

The Providence Journal reports that Fox and Marcus LaFond were married Tuesday by Traffic Court Chief Magistrate William Guglietta.

Fox said in a statement to the newspaper he and LaFond chose the day because it’s the anniversary of the day 15 years ago when they exchanged rings in a commitment ceremony.

Rhode Island legislators approved same-sex marriage earlier this year. The law took effect Aug. 1.

Fox said he and LaFond have been asked why they didn’t get married out-of-state. Fox said he wanted “this special day to take place in the state we both treasure so dearly.”

He said he can’t help but reflect on “all the courageous individuals” who fought for marriage equality.

New certificate programs at Mitchell College

NEW LONDON — Mitchell College Adult and Continuing Education has added three new certificate programs: Business Essentials, Homeland Security, and Hospitality Fundamentals, that can be completed in as few as five months. An information session about the programs will be held in Mitchell Hall, 437 Pequot Ave., on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

These certificates are intended for adults who are not ready to pursue a degree but would like to gain expertise in their own career field or learn a new field in hopes of a career change. Classes will be held evenings, Saturdays, online, or a hybrid — a combination of online and classroom experience.

Cost is $295 per credit. With certificate completion, 12 to 15 credits are earned that can be applied toward a college degree or professional development. Payment options are available. As Mitchell College has been designated a “Military Friendly” school, veterans and eligible dependents may qualify to receive up to 100 percent of tuition and fees under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

For more information, visit community.mitchell.edu/adult/certificateprograms. To attend the session, visit community.mitchell.edu/InfoSessions or call 800-443-2811 to make a reservation.


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